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Top Wood Fired Pizza Ovens

Updated on March 21, 2013

Wood Fired Pizza Ovens for Your Favorite Backyard Party Host

If there's someone on your Christmas (or any gift) list who loves backyard BBQ's, cookouts, cooking, pizza or smoked meats a wood-fired pizza oven might just be the ticket to making them the King (or Queen) of this summer's backyard parties!

In our house, we've started dreaming about owning and operating a small town brewery and pizzeria and are increasingly convinced that a wood-fired pizza would be the perfect accompaniment to locally brewed beers in a small Wyoming town.

So whether your looking for a great gift for the backyard entertaining enthusiast or the entrepreneurial micro-brew minded member of your family, a wood-fired pizza oven just may be the very best choice! I know that I would just about die of happiness if I found one of these wrapped up in a large bow for Christmas, a birthday or any ole-day as a motivation to get to making some Pizza Crust and dreaming up the perfect toppings for some summer fun and fabulous dining opportunities from your very own home!

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King or Queen Debate

When it comes to backyard parties, are they ruled by a King or a Queen?

When it comes to grilling, Kings trump Queens!

When it comes to grilling, Kings trump Queens!

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    • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I want to keep my kitchen domain; he can have the back yard.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Depends on who is more passionate about cooking. I love to cook so I do most of the cooking at home, indoors and out. But if forced to pick a side...

    • writerkath 4 years ago

      Have to say that my hubby is definitely king of the grill!

    • getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I will have to give this one to the hubby.

    • PiccadillyPunkin 4 years ago

      My husband always grills better than me!

    There are plenty of Queens, all better than the Kings!

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      • KandH 4 years ago

        I prefer to leave the grilling to the men :)

      • srsddn lm 4 years ago

        By and large it is the queen show.

      • melmik 4 years ago

        @artbyrodriguez: <3

      • Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

        I plan the menu and purchase the food. Hubby actually does the cooking. So....both are important!

      • Nicole Pellegrini 4 years ago from New Jersey

        I do 99% of the cooking in this house - indoors and outdoors.

      Top Wood Fired Pizza Ovens

      The range of wood-fired pizza ovens is quite varied and is ultimately an item which you can find yourself pouring loads of money into, but if you love pizza and you love hosting, it may be very well worth it to make the significant investment and enter a lifetime (or summer-times) filled with supremely divine pizza pies!

      Have you ever...

      Have you ever eaten a wood-fired pizza?

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      Wood-Fired Pizza Concepts for those with Budgets

      Unfortunately, we aren't all made of money and even though nothing quite beats an authentic wood-fired pizza, these wallet-friendly options provide a few similar qualities of a traditional wood-fired pizza for a fraction of the cost!

      We consistently use pizza stones for all of our pizza baking and experimenting at home and have yet to be disappointed in the results.

      Pizza Recipes from our Kitchen

      Since we have a desire to master pizza-making as well as eventual wood-fired oven pizza making, we've embarked on numerous pizza experiments.

      While we've yet to have the luxury of throwing one of these pies into a wood-fired pizza ovens, using our pizza stone and imagination we've come up with some exciting flavor combinations such as the French-Philly pictured above which combines the joys of a French Dip and a Philly Cheese-steak and is even dipped in au jus!

      Other successful pizza pies out of our kitchen have been the fall-inspired Roasted Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza as well as classic Supreme Pizza with home-made pizza sauce that truly brought the whole pie to a whole new level!

      Sometimes our pies are just inspired by what's in the fridge such as this Tomato and Onion Preserve Pizza or this Bacon, Mushroom and Green Onion Pizza.

      Other times, we let our cravings or our creativity lead the way and end up with Spinach Artichoke Dip and Chicken Pizza or the slightly spicy Kimchi-Bacon Pizza.

      However you top it, it's sure to be delicious!

      Photo © M.Harrington/melmik- all rights reserved

      How do you top YOUR Pizza?

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        Pizza Inspiration

        Now that you've decided on a wood-fired pizza oven or pizza stone, depending on your budget, it's time to be inspired by pizza recipes. These cookbooks will provide just the right amount of inspiration and direction for you to get the most out of your pizza experience!

        We've started using the 500 Pizzas & Flatbreads cookbook and have been pleased with not only the ideas for toppings, but also the pizza sauce recipe and crust recipes are fabulous!

        Baking Wood-Fired Pizzas

        Right here is where you let us know you stopped by, ask a question, leave a comment, tell us your favorite pizza topping, etc!

        Questions and Comments

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            ericsdorsey 4 years ago

            It would great to have one of these in my backyard. Wood fired pizza is the best!

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            melmik 4 years ago

            @PNWtravels: I agree! While not a "pocket-change" purchase, I would have thought they'd be a lot more expensive as well!

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            Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

            Actually wood fired pizza ovens are not as expensive as I would have estimated. Thanks for the info!

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            melmik 4 years ago

            @captainj88: haha! Awesome! Will do!

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            Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

            Let me know when you open your restaurant...I'd rather pay you two to make my wood-fired pizza. They are fantastic.

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            Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

            I'd love to own one. Welcome to Squidoo...hmmm...I think tonight we'll have pizza.

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            mariacarbonara 4 years ago

            Your making me hungry guys!

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            melmik 4 years ago

            @writerkath: Glad your hungry for pizza! That was the goal! ^^

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            Art Inspired 4 years ago

            Welcome to Squidoo. Thanks for sharing this information about wood fired pizza! Make it a great day!

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            Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

            You're making me hungry for pizza! This looks wonderful!

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            pawpaw911 4 years ago

            Very cool idea. I like it.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            Hi, Melissa and Mike! I've never referred to food as "good-looking," but that is a good-looking pizza in your intro photo! Welcome to Squidoo!

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            writerkath 4 years ago

            I would love to have one of these! And now you've got me hungry for some really good pizza! You did an excellent job on this lens! Welcome to Squidoo! :)

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            getmoreinfo 4 years ago

            Wood Fired Pizza Oven sounds great.

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            melmik 4 years ago

            @artbyrodriguez: Of course I'd love to think that we and others could drop a few grand on an outdoor pizza oven, but I know, in our house, a pizza stone is a more reasonable purchase ;)

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            Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

            Nice subject for a lens and glad you added less expensive options!

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            melmik 4 years ago

            @sockii: That's awesome, I think it would be fantastic to have a wood-fired oven in the backyard!

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            Nicole Pellegrini 4 years ago from New Jersey

            I have a pizza stone which I've been using religiously for years in my kitchen. But my partner and I have been thinking about getting a pizza oven built for our backyard one of these days.

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            Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

            Ooh, a wood-fired pizza sounds delicious!

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            PiccadillyPunkin 4 years ago

            I would LOVE a backyard wood fired oven! My mouth is drooling reading about wood-fired pizza...yum!

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            melmik 4 years ago

            @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks!

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            Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

            Good luck in opening up your pizzeria! These wood fired pizza ovens look awesome. :)